The Chicago Fire look to snap their three-match losing streak on Wednesday when they finally return home to host the first-place New England Revolution.
Chicago (6-14-5, 23 points) lost 2-0 at CF Montreal on Sunday, dropping the club to 12th overall in the Eastern Conference standings.
Wednesday's game marks Chicago's first at home since Aug. 15 after six straight road contests. The Fire have been solid at home, earning 19 of their 23 points this season. They haven't lost a home contest since July 24.
Sunday's defeat was also the third straight match in which the club has not scored a goal. The Fire have not found the net since Robert Beric scored in the 32nd minute of their 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on Aug. 28.
"We are a bit down from the previous game that we had," Chicago forward Chinonso Offor said. "I feel like we played well but after the loss now, we are all feeling down."
Although Chicago's postseason chances dimmed further after Sunday's loss, Fire head coach Raphael Wicky stressed that the club is not looking ahead to the 2022 campaign.
"Look, I'm a coach and I take it game-by-game, and I want to win the actual game," Wicky said. "The next game is Wednesday."
On the other end of the spectrum, the Revolution (17-4-5, 56 points) are coming off a 1-1 home tie against the Columbus Crew on Saturday.
New England comes in with a 10-1-2 mark in its last 13 contests. A victory Wednesday would set a franchise record for wins in a season.
The Revs are in a stretch that will see them play four times in 11 days.
"Are we used to it? Yeah, a little bit," New England head coach Bruce Arena said. "But I think the biggest advantage we have at this point is I think we're getting some players back, so it makes rotations a little bit easier as well."
Wednesday is the second of three matches between the clubs this season. Chicago and New England battled to a 2-2 draw on April 17, improving the Revs' unbeaten streak against the Fire to four (two wins, two draws).
--Field Level Media